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Gift Officer

National Museum of Asian Art
District of Columbia, United States
$94,199.00 - $122,459.00
Closing date
Jun 2, 2023

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Position Type
Fundraising, Fundraising Administration, Major Gifts
Employment Type
Full Time

Come join a team of dedicated staff at an exceptional time in the Smithsonian’s history as we prepare for the Smithsonian Campaign for Our Shared Future. This ambitious fundraising campaign’s public phase will run from 2024 to 2026, culminating with the nation’s 250th anniversary. It will expand the Smithsonian’s reach and impact, empowering the institution to find solutions to today’s most pressing challenges. The Smithsonian is also planning two exciting new museums. The National Museum of the American Latino and the Smithsonian American Women's History Museum share the experiences and perspectives of Latinos and women across history and deepen our shared understanding of what it means to be an American. The Smithsonian has built a model fundraising organization, driven by talented staff across our many museums, research centers and cultural centers. This position offers exciting opportunities for the successful candidate to make a significant impact on the future of the Smithsonian. There is no better time to join this amazing Institution.


About the Gift Officer

The National Museum of Asian Art seeks an experienced and dynamic Gift Officer. This is an exceptional opportunity for an energetic professional with strong frontline fundraising skills to join a diverse, collegial, and successful advancement team that is responsible for raising support from individuals, foundations, and corporations. The incumbent will be responsible for identifying, cultivating, and soliciting prospects; creating compelling and persuasive proposals; managing stewardship of donors including Board members; and preparing other donor communications. 


The successful applicant will possess strong leadership and communications skills, and a track record in building philanthropic relationships with individual, corporate and foundation prospects, and donors to achieve aggressive fundraising goals. Progressive fundraising experience, experience with diverse constituents, a drive to succeed, and ability to close major gifts should be demonstrated in your application. Applicants with board management experience preferred. Applicants must have strong organizational and communication skills, and the initiative and ability to work independently. Experience working in a complex higher education, or a large cultural organization is preferred.


About the National Museum of Asian Art and the Smithsonian Institution

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art, which holds extraordinary collections of Asian art and American art of the late nineteenth-century aesthetic movement, is devoted to fostering the understanding Asian art and culture through onsite and online exhibitions, public programming, and scholarly research.


The Smithsonian Institution is a unique complex of 22 museums and galleries, the National Zoo, and eight research centers.  The Smithsonian is a national and world treasure and is dedicated to its founding mission, “the increase and diffusion of knowledge.” Its exhibitions, programs, collections, and outreach touch the lives of millions of Americans every year, as well as many who visit us from abroad.  


Benefits and Application Instructions

The Smithsonian Institution offers a competitive salary and a comprehensive package of benefits. This is not a federal position but has similar requirements and benefits. Interested candidates should submit their resumes and a cover letter to by June 2, 2023. Please include the position title in your e-mail subject line. Resumes should include a description of your paid and non-paid work experience that is related to this job; starting and ending dates of job (Month and year); and average number of hours worked per week.


Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The Smithsonian Institution is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We believe that a workforce comprising a variety of educational, cultural, and experiential backgrounds support and enhance our daily work life and contribute to the richness of our exhibitions and programs. See Smithsonian EEO program information.


The Smithsonian Institution provides reasonable accommodation to applicants where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation should contact the Human Resources Specialist listed. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.  To learn more, please review the Smithsonian’s accommodation procedures.

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